History ObfuscatingStupidity / AnimeAndManga

25th Mar '16 8:53:37 AM Willbyr
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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', there are hints that Kotetsu exaggerates his klutziness and incompetence as a way making it easier for people to disregard him (and thus keep them from getting too close to him and worrying about him). WordOfGod confirms this.

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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', there are hints that Kotetsu exaggerates his klutziness and incompetence as a way making it easier for people to disregard him (and thus keep them from getting too close to him and worrying about him). WordOfGod confirms this.



* Kami does this when he possesses a human in ''DragonBall.'' He poses as an incredibly dumb and very lucky fighter during the third tournament storyline, but reveals his true colors while fighting Yamcha.

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* Kami does this when he possesses a human in ''DragonBall.''Manga/DragonBall.'' He poses as an incredibly dumb and very lucky fighter during the third tournament storyline, but reveals his true colors while fighting Yamcha.
18th Mar '16 12:40:53 PM Willbyr
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** Kenichi of all people pulls this off in chapter 307. [[spoiler: He already figured out that Kushinada is a member of YOMI. He's trying to win her over without a fight because he WouldntHitAGirl.]]

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** Kenichi of all people pulls this off in chapter 307. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He already figured out that Kushinada is a member of YOMI. He's trying to win her over without a fight because he WouldntHitAGirl.]]



* Nineteen-year-old Emperor Shi Ryuuki in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is initially called "stupid emperor" by members of his court disgusted by his complete lack of interest in ruling his empire, and his habit of spending his days hiding from court officials and spending his nights sleeping with other men. When properly motivated, however, Ryuuki reveals that he has a ''much'' defter hand for political intrigue than anyone suspected, and that there's a very good reason that he is the only one of six brothers to survive the imperial court long enough to take the throne; he cultivated the "stupid emperor" image as a survival mechanism, and refuses to rule in the hopes that his exiled older brother Prince Seien will return to take his place.

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* Nineteen-year-old Emperor Shi Ryuuki in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is initially called "stupid emperor" by members of his court disgusted by his complete lack of interest in ruling his empire, and his habit of spending his days hiding from court officials and spending his nights sleeping with other men. When properly motivated, however, Ryuuki reveals that he has a ''much'' defter hand for political intrigue than anyone suspected, and that there's a very good reason that he is the only one of six brothers to survive the imperial court long enough to take the throne; he cultivated the "stupid emperor" image as a survival mechanism, and refuses to rule in the hopes that his exiled older brother Prince Seien will return to take his place.
9th Mar '16 4:19:06 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** [[spoiler:[[CreepyChild Rika Furude]]]] is proven to be this in season 2, though in the original VisualNovel [[spoiler:her]] intelligence is hinted at much earlier in the TIPS.
** Also, Rena gives off the [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]], [[TheDitz ditzy]] feel, but she may just be the smartest of the gang. She shows incredibly, almost absurdly, good detective skills when [[spoiler:Satoko and Rika disappear in Watanagashi-hen]] and made up an almost believable theory about Hinamizawa in [[spoiler:the Atonement chapter...until she lost it and started talking about aliens.]]
** Keiichi is also an example of this as before he moved to Hinamizawa he was an InsufferableGenius with no friends that was picked on constantly in school (which lead to his unfortunate stress reliving activity). After moving he decided DumbIsGood and began acting like he is known for in the series; however his intelligence sometimes shines through his act and he appears simply BookDumb. And he's not BookDumb at all. Several scenes show him tutoring the others, including the older [[CoolBigSis Mion]], and it's implied he gets the best grades of the group. He has learned by the start of the story to not put on an act just to feel good about himself and impress others, so he acts the way he does because that's how he genuinely is. So it's really more like he completely lacks common sense. Given [[TownWithADarkSecret the setting]], he [[DysfunctionJunction fits right in]] right away.
8th Feb '16 11:25:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The anime version of ''WanderingSon'' implies this with Chizuru, while the same scene in the manga just shows she can be something besides an outlandish {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.

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* The anime version of ''WanderingSon'' ''Manga/WanderingSon'' implies this with Chizuru, while the same scene in the manga just shows she can be something besides an outlandish {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
1st Feb '16 9:55:35 PM Willbyr
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* Thorkell in ''VinlandSaga'' has such a goofy grin on his face most of the time you can easily forget he's a killing machine. That, and his good-natured ribbing of both friend and foe make him come off as downright harmless. Until he splits a man in two with a single blow, or crushes a guy's skull for speaking out of turn. Just look out if you make him really angry, 'cause he will [[MemeticMutation punch your horse to death]]. Yep, a bag of laughs that Thorkell.
* Konoka Konoe of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' tends to play TheDitz, and while there's no denying that she's a bit flaky, she often seems to know a lot more than anyone gives her credit for. For example, when her [[ThePowerOfLove love for]] [[LesYay Setsuna]] causes her [[EleventhHourSuperpower ridiculously powerful]] [[HealingHands healing]] [[WhiteMagic magic]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass to suddenly manifest]] at the end of volume 5 of the manga, she acts as if she has no clue what just happened, even though we saw her summoning up magic for a spell (which she aborted) early in volume 4.
** And then we have Jack Rakan. Sure, he's powerful, but he's just a [[BoisterousBruiser overly rambunctious]] [[DirtyOldMan skirt-chaser]] underneath all the muscle, right? [[spoiler: Wrong. So, so wrong. That happy-go-lucky attitude is born from the fact that he's been involved in brutal, life-or-death combat for over forty ''years'', so he can ''afford'' to act goofy because there is honestly nothing that poses a serious threat to him at this point. His actual intellect is shown off fully in the magical world tournament: after Negi develops a technique that literally let him ''turn into lightning'', increasing his speed to unbelievable levels...it takes Rakan exactly one observation of said move to analyze it, find all the flaws, and devise counter-techniques which allow him to effortlessly and utterly kick the crap out of 'invincible thunder god Negi'.]]

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* Thorkell in ''VinlandSaga'' ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' has such a goofy grin on his face most of the time you can easily forget he's a killing machine. That, and his good-natured ribbing of both friend and foe make him come off as downright harmless. Until he splits a man in two with a single blow, or crushes a guy's skull for speaking out of turn. Just look out if you make him really angry, 'cause he will [[MemeticMutation punch your horse to death]]. Yep, a bag of laughs that Thorkell.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
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Konoka Konoe of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' tends to play TheDitz, and while there's no denying that she's a bit flaky, she often seems to know a lot more than anyone gives her credit for. For example, when her [[ThePowerOfLove love for]] [[LesYay Setsuna]] causes her [[EleventhHourSuperpower ridiculously powerful]] [[HealingHands healing]] [[WhiteMagic magic]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass to suddenly manifest]] at the end of volume 5 of the manga, she acts as if she has no clue what just happened, even though we saw her summoning up magic for a spell (which she aborted) early in volume 4.
** And then we have Jack Rakan. Sure, he's powerful, but he's just a [[BoisterousBruiser overly rambunctious]] [[DirtyOldMan skirt-chaser]] underneath all the muscle, right? [[spoiler: Wrong. So, so wrong. That happy-go-lucky attitude is born from the fact that he's been involved in brutal, life-or-death combat for over forty ''years'', so he can ''afford'' to act goofy because there is honestly nothing that poses a serious threat to him at this point. His actual intellect is shown off fully in the magical world tournament: after Negi develops a technique that literally let him ''turn into lightning'', increasing his speed to unbelievable levels...it takes Rakan exactly one observation of said move to analyze it, find all the flaws, and devise counter-techniques which allow him to effortlessly and utterly kick the crap out of 'invincible thunder god Negi'.]]
21st Jan '16 4:13:51 AM Adept
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* [[spoiler: Suzuko Tashirou]] aka Norie Otobe from ''GlassMask''. Who would think that the nerdy girl with glasses and a Kansai accent would [[spoiler: be such a cruel [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]], able to play a frighteningly good {{plan}} to have Maya Kitajima kicked out of the acting scene?]] Unfortunately for her, [[spoiler: Maya's rival Ayumi Himekawa was NOT amused when she found out...]]

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* [[spoiler: Suzuko Tashirou]] aka Norie Otobe from ''GlassMask''.''Manga/GlassMask''. Who would think that the nerdy girl with glasses and a Kansai accent would [[spoiler: be such a cruel [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]], able to play a frighteningly good {{plan}} to have Maya Kitajima kicked out of the acting scene?]] Unfortunately for her, [[spoiler: Maya's rival Ayumi Himekawa was NOT amused when she found out...]]



* [[KenichiTheMightiestDisciple Kenichi]] of all people pulls this off in chapter 307. [[spoiler: He already figured out that Kushinada is a member of YOMI. He's trying to win her over without a fight because he WouldntHitAGirl.]]
** Also in ''Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple'', there's Apachai Hopachai, who despite his childish personality, can and HAS murdered dozens of people with his bare hands, being a master of Muay Thai. In fact, it has been explained that he completely lacks the ability to hold back, and striking with lethal force is reflex for him. He may act like a baby, but hope to God that you don't find his BerserkButton.

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* [[KenichiTheMightiestDisciple Kenichi]] ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'':
** Kenichi
of all people pulls this off in chapter 307. [[spoiler: He already figured out that Kushinada is a member of YOMI. He's trying to win her over without a fight because he WouldntHitAGirl.]]
** Also in ''Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple'', Also, there's Apachai Hopachai, who despite his childish personality, can and HAS murdered dozens of people with his bare hands, being a master of Muay Thai. In fact, it has been explained that he completely lacks the ability to hold back, and striking with lethal force is reflex for him. He may act like a baby, but hope to God that you don't find his BerserkButton.
3rd Jan '16 9:36:40 AM nombretomado
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* Dr. Stein from ''SoulEater'' plays this trope during his first appearance and meeting with the protagonists. The way he appeared didn't exactly impress them, rolling his chair backwards out the door and falling over. And then doing it again. Of course, he turns out to be a super [[{{Badass}} badass]] with sadistic tendencies.

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* Dr. Stein from ''SoulEater'' ''Manga/SoulEater'' plays this trope during his first appearance and meeting with the protagonists. The way he appeared didn't exactly impress them, rolling his chair backwards out the door and falling over. And then doing it again. Of course, he turns out to be a super [[{{Badass}} badass]] with sadistic tendencies.
21st Dec '15 11:53:39 AM EDP
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* ''Manga/CityHunter'' has pretty much everyone in the main cast but Umibozu (who is just too big and scary to put it on): they ''are'' quirky and all, but they play it up ([[http://www.mondojapan.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/City-Hunter04.jpg such as Ryo here]]) to be underestimated (and, at least in Ryo's case, [[StepfordSmiler to help deal with his chronic depression]]), but when the chips are down... Well, there's a good reason if any smart {{Yakuza}} boss prefers to ''beg'' when they realize they're dealing with City Hunter.
24th Oct '15 6:35:38 PM nombretomado
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* He's a lazy, tanned Buddhist monk in his late 30's with a stubble, whom his wife treats like a younger brother and his kids (both [[TroubledButCute 12-year-old son]] and [[CoolBigSis 19-year-old niece]]) treat with not too much respect, and who often [[LovableSexManiac ogles attractive girls]] much to others' embarrassment. But give him a racket and/or bring him to a tennis match...He'll either beat the crap out of you at the courts or give you the most acute comments about the current game. That's Nanjiroh "The Samurai" Echizen from ''ThePrinceOfTennis'' to you (as in the title character's ''dad'').

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* He's a lazy, tanned Buddhist monk in his late 30's with a stubble, whom his wife treats like a younger brother and his kids (both [[TroubledButCute 12-year-old son]] and [[CoolBigSis 19-year-old niece]]) treat with not too much respect, and who often [[LovableSexManiac ogles attractive girls]] much to others' embarrassment. But give him a racket and/or bring him to a tennis match...He'll either beat the crap out of you at the courts or give you the most acute comments about the current game. That's Nanjiroh "The Samurai" Echizen from ''ThePrinceOfTennis'' ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' to you (as in the title character's ''dad'').
21st Oct '15 1:20:27 AM harostar
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* Hideyoshi "Hide" Nagachika from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' makes this into an art form. He tends to come across as an easily-distracted {{Keet}}, swept up into whatever current trends have caught his interest and flirting with pretty girls. In reality, he's a brilliant GuileHero armed with incredible intuition and a knack for subterfuge and misdirection. The ''really'' smart people in the series are justifiably wary of him, considering his dangerous due to his unusual skill-set and knowledge of Ghouls. He claims to enjoy spying on shady people as a hobby, and is able to deduce the actual power structure of the Ghouls in the 20th Ward........but immediately plays it off as crazy theories read in a known Crackpot's latest book.
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